Male Bobwhite
A male bobwhite. Photo: Ben Robinson
Female Bobwhite
A female bobwhite. Photo: Ben Robinson.
Farm Setting
Small, un-manicured farms with fencerows, brushy hedgerows, fallow fields and open woodlots once created a patchwork quilt of bobwhite habitat. Photo: Ben Robinson
Nesting Habitat
Nesting and brood-rearing habitat, consisting of native grasses and forbs (i.e., wildflowers & “weeds”), are key components of bobwhite habitat and the most likely to be missing on the landscape.
Loggerhead Shrike
This Loggerhead Shrike is but one of a suite of grasslands songbirds that is in decline because it requires the same habitat as the bobwhite.
South TX Bobwhite Habitat
Prime bobwhite habitat as it looks in South Texas. While the plant species may change, bobwhite habitat retains its structure throughout the range.
Controlled Burn
Since the early 1900s, the bobwhite has been known as the "fire bird" because of its dependence on fire to disturb the landscape and "re-set" the plant succession button. Prescribed fire under very controlled circumstances is an invaluable tool for creating and maintaining the habitat bobwhites require.
Cattle
Returning native grasses to grazing operations to benefit livestock, producers, grassland birds, bobwhites and taxpayers is an essential element of NBCI's efforts to restore wild bobwhites on working lands across the range.
Grassy Woodlands
Active, purposeful management of forests to re-create savannas or "grassy woodlands" is a key NBCI objective in restoring wild bobwhites.
Butterflies
Bobwhite habitat provides excellent habitat for butterflies, such as this Monarch, as well as a wide range of pollinators. Photo: Bruce Schuette
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National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

25 states, a unified strategy for bobwhite restoration.

The most comprehensive interstate effort on behalf of a resident game bird in the history of wildlife management.

NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program

NBCI’s bobwhite focal area program—the Coordinated Implementation Program, or CIP—is a science-based initiative designed to demonstrate conclusively that bobwhite populations (as well as populations of other species) can be recovered when the proper amount and arrangement of habitat is provided on a landscape scale. There are currently 26 NBCI focal areas in 20 states, along with a similar-sized and located reference area for each. NBCI’s vision is to grow the focal area concept to focal landscapes and then focal regions over time.

NBCI’s unique approach has attracted widespread attention because of its standardization of protocols across the bobwhite range and NBCI’s maintenance of the database at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture, which provides easy access for partners. To learn more about the program, including participation requirements and opportunities, visit the NBCI Focal Areas page.

CIP Enrollment

Click on a state to display the focal area details. For resources available to state quail coordinators, visit
QuailCount.org.

CIP Enrollment
Nebraska Oklahoma Texas Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Illinois Indiana Kentucky Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Ohio Georgia South Carolina Virginia Pennsylvania New Jersey Delaware

Nebraska

Meridian Focal Area
Acreage: 14,518 acres
Monitoring Points: 60 points
Collecting Data Since: 2014

Oklahoma

Cross Timbers Focal Area
Acreage: 3,712 acres
Monitoring Points: 20 points
Collecting Data Since: 2014

Texas

Austin County Focal Area
Acreage: 27,238 acres
Monitoring Points: 40 points
Collecting Data Since: 2013

Iowa

Ringgold Focal Area
Acreage: 6,475 acres
Monitoring Points: 32 points
Collecting Data Since: 2013

Shawtee Focal Area
Acreage: 5,812 acres
Monitoring Points: 30 points
Collecting Data Since: 2014

Missouri

2C Focal Area
Acreage: 5,242 acres
Monitoring Points: 24 points
Collecting Data Since: 2013

Bee Ridge Focal Area
Acreage: 5,574 acres
Monitoring Points: 23 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Arkansas

Pea Ridge Focal Area
Acreage: 4,250 acres
Monitoring Points: 12 points
Collecting Data Since: 2017

Louisiana

Kisatchie National Forest – Vernon Focal Area
Acreage: 5,991 acres
Monitoring Points: 25 points
Collecting Data Since: 2017

Illinois

Burning Star Focal Area
Acreage: 4,451 acres
Monitoring Points: 24 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Indiana

Goose Pond Focal Area
Acreage: 5,937 acres
Monitoring Points: 22 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Kentucky

Livingston Focal Area
Acreage: 5,838 acres
Monitoring Points: 48 points
Collecting Data Since: 2013

Peabody Focal Area
Acreage: 3,074 acres
Monitoring Points: 14 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Wendell Ford Training Center Focal Area
Acreage: 3,088 acres
Monitoring Points: 13 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Tennessee

Wolf River Focal Area
Acreage: 3,119 acres
Monitoring Points: 13 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Mississippi

Leaf River Focal Area
Acreage: 3,549 acres
Monitoring Points: 15 points
Collecting Data Since: 2020

Alabama

Boggy Hollow Focal Area
Acreage: 6,878 acres
Monitoring Points: 24 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Ohio

Fallsville Focal Area
Acreage: 11,058 acres
Monitoring Points: 42 points
Collecting Data Since: 2015

Georgia

Silver Lake Focal Area
Acreage: 4,664 acres
Monitoring Points: 22 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Chickasawhatchee WMA Focal Area
Acreage: 7,000 acres
Monitoring Points: 48 points
Collecting Data Since: 2020

South Carolina

Indian Creek Focal Area
Acreage: 2,685 acres
Monitoring Points: 12 points
Collecting Data Since: 2016

Focal Area #2
In Development

Virginia

Big Woods/Piney Grove Focal Area
Acreage: 7,574 acres
Monitoring Points: 31 points
Collecting Data Since: 2013

Manassas National Battlefield Park Focal Area
Acreage: 4,424 acres
Monitoring Points: 19 points
Collecting Data Since: 2018

Pennsylvania

Letterkenny Focal Area
Acreage: 3,756 acres
Monitoring Points: 15 points
Collecting Data Since: 2017

New Jersey

Dix WMA Focal Area
Acreage: 6,146 acres
Monitoring Points: 15 points
Collecting Data Since: 2019

Delaware

Cedar Swamp Focal Area
Acreage: 1,694 acres
Monitoring Points: 14 points
Collecting Data Since: 2016

A Bobwhite Revival

This brochure provides an overview of what NBCI is and how it works, the tools at its disposal and the strategies involved in the restoration of wild quail at the landscape level.

State of the Bobwhite Report 2020

The Bobwhite Almanac/State of the Bobwhite Report is published annually by NBCI. It provides a range-wide snapshot of population, hunting, and conservation status of the northern bobwhite, as well as updates on the efforts underway to reverse the bobwhite decline.

Listen to the Call of the Bobwhite

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